A Great All-Flash-Array Could be Your Ticket to Better Scalability – and More
Today, data is growing at an unprecedented rate. To give you an example of how much, consider this:
Humans are creating 200 million emails every minute. On average, 52 million photos are added to Instagram each day. It’s estimated that healthcare data will reach 2,314 Exabytes by 2020. There are expected to be over 50 Billion connected devices by 2020, which have the potential to produce 70 Zettabytes of data. That’s a lot of data, and this extraordinary growth is straining legacy storage solutions and stretching IT teams pretty thin, too.
It all adds up to a need for better data storage scalability. For years, legacy arrays have required organizations to purchase and deploy storage in large chunks – before all of that capacity was even needed. That’s led to overprovisioning and countless hours spent managing extraneous hardware. A strong all-flash array (AFA) can help on both fronts, while significantly improving overall data center performance.
Keeping Pace with Data Growth
All-flash-arrays use solid state drives (SSD) as opposed to spinning hard disk drives (HDD) to store data, and they come with some added architectural improvements too. A great AFA can scale up or out at an extremely granular level, giving you the ability to keep up with today’s data explosion while towing the all-important line between under and over provisioning. This allows for the flexibility needed to support rapid growth and developing or shifting business goals.
In addition, when you deploy a great AFA, the performance differences are astonishing. Latency greatly improves, which means the same application workloads can be supported by fewer data storage devices and fewer servers compared to HDD-based arrays. So, keeping pace with data growth can actually mean a significantly smaller hardware footprint in the data center. Just imagine the productivity of your infrastructure pros when they’re not busy managing all of those extra devices.
It’s all possible when you choose a great all-flash-array. But how do you know what separates a good one from a great one? Here’s the good news, we’ve put together a list of the top features to look for in a great AFA.
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